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I syng of a mayden

Language: Middle English

I syng of a mayden
þat is makeles,
kyng of alle kynges
to here sone che ches.

He came also stylle
þer his moder was
as dew in aprylle,
þat fallyt on þe gras.

He cam also stylle
to his moderes bowr
as dew in aprille,
þat fallyt on þe flour.

He cam also stylle
þer his moder lay
as dew in Aprille,
þat fallyt on þe spray.;

Moder & mayden
was neuer non but che --
wel may swych a lady
Godes moder be.


Translation(s): ENG ENG ENG FRE

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Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Settings in other languages:

  • Also set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title unknown, from "A Medieval Anthology", edited by Mary Segar. FRE by Gustav Holst.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title unknown FRE by Benjamin Britten.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title unknown FRE by Roger Quilter.

Other available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Fran├žais) (Guy Laffaille) , title unknown, copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Text added to the website: 2011-01-06.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:11
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Word count: 84

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I sing of a maiden

Language: English after the Middle English

I sing of a maiden
That matchless is.
King of all Kings
Was her Son iwis.

He came all so still,
Where His mother was
As dew in April
That falleth on the grass:

He came all so still,
To His mother's bower
As dew in April
That falleth on flower.

He came all so still,
Where His mother lay
As dew in April
That formeth on spray.

Mother and maiden
Was ne'er none but she:
Well may such a lady
God's mother be.


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Submitted by Geoffrey Wieting

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)


Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:17
Line count: 20
Word count: 84